Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

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Reviews: 2,491 | Ratings: 7,853
Photo of good_to_sea
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy brown/amber with a small white head.
Smell: Sweet, ripe fruit aroma (peach, melon, banana) mixed with caramel malt. Some black tea aroma.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt with slightly smoky fruity notes (melon, banana). On the finish, a hint of smoky, peppery, black tea-like hop bitterness. Interesting, well-balanced flavors.
Feel: Thin, watery, clean, and flat.
Overall: This is a nice, clean, tasty, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of JoeWalsh
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This amber liquid with a beautiful head and slight lacing is my ale of choice. It was the first craft beer I ever tried, and the first beer I had ever enjoyed!

It has a really nice, slightly fruity scent. The flavor is earthy, with a bit of a bite, good malt flavor, and not too much aftertaste. The mouthfeel has some fizziness.

Having tasted many craft beers since, it's still my favorite ale. Sure, I may enjoy the flavor of a good Belgian style Tripel more, but the alcohol content keeps me from drinking those very often. And I prefer something lighter in flavor with a meal. But if I just want to relax with a good brew? Dead Guy all the way, baby!

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Photo of Precisiondigital
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straight apple juice smell. Even tastes like it but there is a hop, caramel finish. STRONG HEAD and LACING. this is impressive... Recommended by a jewish bartender, he knows my GERMAN tastes!

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Photo of Premo88
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(6/28/2018 born-on date printed on bottom of can)

L: clear copper, plenty of amber in it, short but thick head of offwhite/beige foam; no major sticking or lacing; keeps a consistent collar of offwhite foam

S: barley, grain, musty yeasty grain, sweet bread, peach; as it warms it settles into a dusty peach

T: yeasty earthy hops, peach, orange peel ... plenty of barley flavor throughout; as it warms and the palate adjusts, caramel, lots and lots of caramel

F: fantastic all around, decent carbonation but not too much, nice heft

O: for an 8-month-old beer, pretty dang good ... their might be a hint of metallic can flavor in there, but that also could be from the yeast; the age has allowed the malt to settle in very nicely, yet the earthy bitter hops are having no trouble cutting through and offering a good bite to balance out the sweetness; shockingly quaffable for an almost-7% brew

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Photo of defunksta
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip at 40 degrees,

Look: Pours a beautiful amber color, similar to a marzen, with a strong head. Not pale at all surprisingly.
Smell: Deep malty sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Maybe some vanilla underneath. Bready and biscuity aromas too. As it sits there is some fruity citrus present.
Taste: Sweet pale malt bread and biscuit malt flavor topped with sweet caramel and toffee flavors come forward. No roasted or toasted malts. Yes, there is a caramel flavor despite what the style describes. There is a minimal hop flavor of maybe apricot? There is a mild hop bitterness that is present I suppose. Mildly sweet, yet an appropriately dry finish. Hides the alcohol well
Mouthfeel: A full bodied mouthfeel. Not oily, but heavy enough and with respectable carbonation.

Overall: This is a delicious beer and an interesting style. Bready and biscuity and relatively dry. No toasted or roasted flavors like other German beers, as expected of the maibock style. Has a decent body and a background sweetness that is not too overbearing. Quite a well balanced brew and not overpowering in any one aspect besides a malt presence.

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Photo of JW_Esquire
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Just wow. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass, Older bottle on sale at local liquor store.
L- Amber/slightly brown color, thin light tan head that dissipates quickly with nearly no lacing, (possibly due to age of the bottle?)
S- Sweet. Malty and caramelly with a whiff of home brewed sweet tea. Just a touch of hip to the nose but only slightly and under everything else.
T- Follows the nose, tastes very much like a slightly sweet tea, big caramel and malt flavors, just the slightest hint of hop bitters on the finish. A bit of nuttiness comes through subtly.
F- Smooth, slightly....oily maybe? Possibly more like a thin syrup, I can’t quite articulate the feeling. Almost zero carbonation. Whatever it is I love it!
O- Love this beer. Wouldn’t be something I drink all day, but I feel that it would go great after a hearty meal, almost a dessert beer. Absolutely great even with all the sweetness. Cheers!

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Photo of cardfan212
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pilsner glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy amber with a short white head that quickly dies down to some mild lacing.

Smell - Very mild tones of sourdough bread and not much else. It's a slight but enticing scent.

Taste - Pleasant mildly sweet bready and chocolate notes that I'd expect from a bock.

Feel - Nice medium body with just enough carbonation.

Overall - A decent bock from an American brewery. If I was given this blind, I might have assumed it was a real German beer.

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, amber color with almost no head. Carbonation appears to be low in general.

Smells like sweet, caramel malt. Maybe a little spiciness.

Taste is sweet malts with a slight kiss of hop bitterness on the finish. Actually reminds me of an Oktoberfest. The more I drink, the more the spice note comes through.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and the carbonation seems low which, to me, detracts from the overall enjoyment.

I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would after I poured it. It kind of grew on me the more I drank it. Good beer.

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Photo of Beerman121184
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like this but it's not my top beer. Really tasty but I guess I'm a beer snob. Still a great beer by all means. Highly reccomended especially if you like hoppy beers.

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Photo of funkyanteater
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite all around brews. My go to to serve to people who aren't super into beer, but love the light bitterness. Get it every time its an option.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great-tasting, smooth beer that seemed perfect for the fall/winter weather. Enjoyed it on tap at a local restaurant. Pours a nice rich amber color with some mild head and great-looking sheets of lingering lacing. Smells rather faintly of some caramel, spice, hoppiness and a little malt. Taste follows the nose, along with more seasonal spice/clove flavors, caramel, bread and a trace of wood. Smooth, gently rich mouthfeel and good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer and I will definitely try more from this style.

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Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear ruby copper color with a nice looking beige colored head that left good spotty lacing.

Sweet and malty, this brew is rich with caramel, brown sugar, toasted grains, syrup drenched bread, tea leaf, floral hops and minerals. Easy drinking and very malty, this is a fine fall brew.

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Photo of sbruno1025
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color. Sweet bread notes, followed by a deep yeast. Some spoty lacing. A little boozy finish the hops are faint. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of lastmango
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy honey color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. A bit confused with the taste. Malt, caramel, tea and some unidentified spice. Yet, still good. Moderate body and carbonation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber with coppery-red hues and a faint haze in the body, a slim foam head that quickly slipped into a faint collar... Lightly, sweetly bready with a honeyed finish... Little bit of herbal and sweet citrus, like orange, maybe some wood and clove and caramel...Some spice, mildly bitter, moderately sweet... Medium body-weight... Actually pretty enjoyable, but perhaps not something I usually crave... This was worth checking out...

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10/10/18 (Chicago): $6.25 16 ounce pint glass draft pour at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches. Red copper pour, malt and honey aroma. Nice strong taste, honey comes through well, malt and caramel. Thin mouth feel, easy drinking. Overall good pour.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a pint glass. Very thin foam and thin lace in some spots around the glass. Amber color. Well balanced taste between hops and malts with a Caramel and bready flavor. Smooth and balanced.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe it's taken me over 15 years to review one of my gateways. Long overdue.

Dead Guy pours a lovely burnt orange with great clarity and an impressive off white foam that coats the glass from head to toe.

A rediculous amount of caramel and bready malts rise from the surface. Some dark fruits and woody, spicy hops give this almost the impression of a Barleywine. Lighter, obviously.

Flavor follows nicely with an abundance of caramel and orange marmalade slathered on some biscuits. It cuts quickly over into nutmeg like spice, then once again with the herbal, woody, spicy hop finish.

It's a medium, bordering fuller bodied beer, though seems masked by a lively carbonation that lifts the spices giving it a bit of a tingle. Pretty well balanced with an abrupt flip flop from sweet to bittere. There's even a touch of warmth noticed as the sticky, bittered finish draws it to an end.

Still, after all these years, Rogue Dead Guy is a respectable beer. A great fall beer on a drizzly day for sure. One beer that year after year I seem to still reach for on occasion. A little confusing to why they went with an ale format when Maibocks are lagers, but that's nitpicking. Cheers.

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Photo of EMH73
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, very light cloudiness, a thin tan head and little lacing. Smells on the sweet side, bready malts and earthy hops. Tastes of bready malts, molasses, caramel, toffee, raisins and a very mild hop presence on the finish. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth mouth feel,

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dark amber color . Body is just a little thin with just above average carbonation ,overall it was a below average feel .
Aroma is a syrupy malty, molasses sugary smell . There is a mild , hoppy, grapefruit aroma that doesnt really fit the rest of this beers profile .
Taste is very malty, to the point of it washing out any other flavors. After the maltiness theres a grapefruit mild bitterness that lingers for awhile .
Overall it is an okay beer but the dominant maltiness made it difficult to enjoy .

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Photo of mehak
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice amber color. Smells of grapefruit. Has an odd grapefruit bitter sweet taste. Too bitter and grapefruity for me. Light body. Overall I am disappointed but I am not a grapefruit/bitter-citrus fan.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been years since I've had this, it was a "go to" beer for a long time. Nice amber color, nose has a sweet malty character. Not too sweet, not much bitterness, medium bodied. I forgot how much i liked this.?

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale pours a medium amber color. I poured into a pint glass rather than my usual snifter, and not a whole lot of head on it. This beer smells pretty malty, kind of a syrupy smell. Taste is incredibly smooth, sweet and malty. every time I take a sip I expect a slight bitter bite but never get it, kind of trips me out each sip for some reason. Very easy drinking beer that I like to buy every once in a while and enjoy it each time.

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Photo of rhamning
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My original rating in July of 2018 for this beer was 4.78. That rating was Dead Guy in a bottle. The other day I had this from a can, and it was like a different beer entirely. The taste was even more malty and sweet than the last, and the feel was heavier. Still a decent beer, but I will not be buying it in the can again. Disappointing.

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Photo of RomeosDelight69
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow love this beer! I’m not a fan of super hoppy or ipas this is very balanced beer of hops and malt best of both worlds for me. I recommend this beer. Cheers

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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